Tuesday 8 July 2014 

Video - Cook, Dhoni Look Ahead To Opening Test

Watch a series of videos as Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni, captains of England and India respectively, look ahead to the first Test between their two sides, which begins tomorrow at Trent Bridge.

Back in 2011 when India last toured, England won the series 4-0 to go to the top of the Test rankings, but times have changed.

Both sides are in a transition phase - India coming to terms with playing without the influence of Sachin Tendulkar and England without Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann.

Cook talks about the difficult decision on whether or not to recall Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes.

"You've got a guy who's been out injured, he's come back and got 10 wickets for Durham," he said.

"In his previous record for those four Test matches in a tough situation in Australia, he was the stand-out player. So, and then you've got other people who've done well in his absence, that's a great place to be."

One selection he does not expect to be making, however, is to be giving Jos Buttler his first Test cap as he is confident wicket-keeper Matt Prior will be fit to play.

"You know, we're 99 percent certain that he'll be fine, of course we'll have a little check in the morning just to make sure, but all things at the moment, they look pretty good."

And while Cook is under pressure due to a lack of runs and a recent series defeat against Sri Lanka, he says he is ready to lead from the front.

"I scored some runs for Essex at the beginning of the season and I haven't managed to transform that into runs for England.

"I know how important it is at the top of the order to do that, and I'm desperately keen to lead from the front and score some runs."

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Few such worries for Dhoni, who was rested from India's most recent series, in Bangladesh. Here, he talks about his side's bowling resources as well as the importance of being a little lucky as the series goes on.

Nevertheless, India still have a poor record away from home and asked about it, as he often is, Dhoni stresses the importance of the processes they are putting in place to try to win every time they play.

"It's a process, you know, more than the result I always say that it's the process that's more important than the result," he said.

"It's a question that gets asked every time in a press conference so there's nothing new about it - what's important for us is to take the team forward, give them the right kind of guidance so that they get the right kind of exposure to do well outside of India."

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